Not quite sure how these are received around here, but I thought I'd try my luck at posting it regardless. What's the harm in a little advertisement? It'll probably sink and fade away anyway, but who knows!
This is a project I've recently completed using (the quite dated) RPG Maker 2003. It's a game designed to replicate the look and feel of older RPGs that were/are found on the NES such as Dragon Warrior/Quest (1-4) and Final Fantasy (1-3).
I know the name "Dragon Fantasy" already belongs to an existing REAL (or official) game, but I've been using it since 2007 for a majority of my projects, so I've decided to stick with it. Besides, all this is a hobby, so there's no harm done there and no need for concern.
On to the actual game!
RPG Maker 2003.
This entry within the Dragon Fantasy series takes us into the magical world of Tsufana--a place where wizards and dragons reign supreme. These lands, however, face a grave crisis: Vlad, a famed Wizard hailing from the prosperous lands of Lispen, has defected, and now wields his magics with a dark purpose. In his quest for an unfathomable dark power, he has cursed the world and its inhabitants, transforming them into monsters and various other forms of demonic entities.
You take control of two siblings from the town of Ziazu. Mysteriously surviving their hometown's collapse under Vlad's curse, they set out with help from a brave knight and a well-renowned sage to end the evil wizard's vile curse and restore peace to the land.
"The hero of the tale. He and his sister were the only survivors when Vlad's curse overcame their hometown."
"The Hero's sister. Well-versed in the art of black magic, and very intelligent. Her hometown was destroyed by Vlad's curse when she was a child."
"A great Sage hailing from the town of Borez. He wields potent healing magics, and knows much about the world and its inhabitants."
"Great warrior born and raised within the fishing village of Orul. His physical power is amazing, but he lacks the know-how to cast magic."
-Ephiam (Myself) for mapping, story creation, dialogue, etc.
-Various game series' such as Breath of Fire, Final Fantasy, etc. But namely Dragon Warrior.
Discovering a very remote village in the mountains.
Battle against a group of monsters.
Exploring a cave.
Conversing with villagers.
Traveling the World.
Review by "Arandomgamemaker" of RMN
Heroes of Tsufana is a game created by Ephiam. (You probably already know that :P)
It attempts to emulate the oldschool Dragon Warrior games, and I must say it does a pretty darn good job about it.
You and you sister's town was destroyed by Vlad. The whole point of the game is to, well, defeat Vlad and bring peace back to the world.
Now, I don't really have much of a problem with these kinds of plots, but I do feel it could have been a bit more original. Still, it keeps you playing.
They are NES Dragon Quest sprites. How could you possibly go wrong with that?
The way Ephiam made the mapping was to mimic the minimalistic style of Dragon Quest 1. Bearing that in mind, I think it is pretty accurate. None of the maps look ugly at all! I think the minimalist style actually compliments with this game very well.
The music is also taken from Dragon Quests 1-4, which in my opinion automatically makes it awesome. However, this is the first time I've heard the soundtrack in MP3 format. That may not sound like a big deal, but MP3 format allows it to sound exactly like the original version.
The battles are the traditional 2K3 ATB system. Depending on the game, this is either a good thing, or a bad thing. In this game, I think it is a good thing. The battles aren't long, boring, or slow, and they always seem enjoyable to me. I do wish that you could target multiple enemies at a time, though. It's not that big of an issue, but it does get annoying with large groups of enemies.
Gameplay outside of battle follow a pretty basic formula for the first two towns - get to town, go to dungeon, get treasure, fight boss, get out. However, as soon as you get the ship, the game opens up tremendously. In fact, it's very hard to figure out where to go next! It can be irritating, but I do like the freedom you have. Not to mention, all he treasure chests everywhere.
While there is a lot of stuff to do, I feel that there doesn't seem to be much of a point in replaying this game that much. Although, it does stay fun!
-Fun, engaging battles.
-Awesome graphics and music
-Plenty to do.
-It is a bit hard to figure out where to go.
-The story could be a bit better, but it's not that big of an issue.